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#WE Come Together

May 28, 2019

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1100 student participants, 4 Catholic high schools, and 1 great cause.  Over $90 000 dollars was raised at the recent board-wide Relay For Life event hosted by Bishop Macdonell Catholic High school On Friday May 24th, 2019.

​​It was the vision of 2014 St. James graduate Jacklyn Harrietha, to unite the Wellington Catholic District School Board high school communities in the fight against cancer. Since that year, Relay for Life has rotated among the WCDSB high school sites and grown in student participation. This year's committee was an amazing group of young student leaders. They brought their energy, passion and strengths to make this event possible. The event is not only an incredible opportunity for students to learn but to work in collaboration with other student leaders across the school sites. “As a staff advisor, I am extremely proud of what this very special group of individuals accomplished”, St. James teacher Stacey Fraser said.

Students listened to the stories of staff​, students and family members who are cancer survivors.  Teacher Dave Del Duca, encouraged and celebrated the students’ efforts to engage in making meaningful contributions to our community.

Grade 10 St. James Student, Lia Kirkpatrick commented, "It is easy to say that it has been one of the best experiences of my life. I had the privilege of working alongside many dedicated teachers and committee members who have a passion to make a difference and together we made a lasting impact, to be bigger than cancer, which was truly incredible." 

Hundreds of luminary bags circled the track and included the names of loved ones for whom students were relaying.  The light cast from the bags lit up the night sky.  Trevor Klein, one of the staff advisors from Bishop Mac expressed it eloquently, “May we continue to remember those who have gone before us and may we, through our collective efforts, find hope for those who continue to struggle, so that one day we will find a cure for cancer.”


The Wellington Catholic District School Board is committed to supporting student success in all of our 22 schools. Our academic and extracurricular programs give our 7800 students the opportunity to learn, lead and serve. Grounded in faith based teaching, our schools are preparing students with the values and academic skills they need to be successful 21st century citizens.

For more information, please contact:     
Tamara Nugent, Director of Education
519.821.4640 x214 l tamara.nugent@wellingtoncdsb.ca l @TamaraLNugent ​